Located in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, Barsana holds great historical significance. Primarily due to the fact that it is also the birthplace of Lord Krishna’s consort Goddess Radha. Even to date, Barsana has various spots where Lord Krishna used to spend time with Goddess Radha along with the Gopis. Thus, at its very core, this place is a must-visit by any mythology lover.
Interestingly, Barsana is also known by the name of Vrishabhanupura. It has been named after the founder of Vrishabhanu Maharaj who was the father of Radha Maa.
Nestled between Brahma Hill and Vishnu Hill, this city is any travel lover's dream come true. Another highlight due to which this city is famous is the Barsana Holi also known as the Lathmar Holi.
Best Time to Visit Barsana
If you are wondering about the best time to visit Barsana then the months from October to March would suit you best to plan a trip here.
History of Barsana
Earlier Barsana was referred to as Brahmasaran. If the myths and legends are to be believed then it was this city where Lord Brahma performed yajnas and did penance to please Lord Krishna.
When Lord Krishna did appear before Lord Brahma, he gave him the boon to become a hill on this holy soil of Barsana and till today this hill is present here and is known as the Brahma Hill.
This particular hill has four peaks that depict the four heads of Lord Brahma and the city is situated around this hill. The larger hill is considered to be Brahma Hill and the Black Hill that is next to Brahma Hill is considered to be the Vishnu hill.
Places To Visit In Barsana
1. Shriji Temple
Shriji was another name of Goddess Radha. This temple stands among the traditional temples and is considered to be built 5000 years ago. Due to its mythical charm, the temple attracts a large number of tourists every year.
2. Dan Bihari Temple
Dan refers to the donation and Bihari is added in the reminiscence of Krishna. As the name suggests, this temple has a story linked with a donation. According to the story, it is said that there was a poor Brahmin who was facing issues in marrying his daughter as he had no money. It was then that Lord Krishna arranged gold correspondingly to the weight of Radha for him.
3. Radha Rani Temple
It is said that Shriji is always omnipresent at Radha Rani Temple. In order to get the blessing, various devotees visit this temple with great spiritual fervor.
4. Maan Mandir
It is one such spot where Goddess Radha used to go into the quietness when irritated and then Lord Krishna used to plead to delight Radha. At Maan Mandir, you can explore a small tunnel that takes you to a dark chamber where Goddess Radha usually used to sit.
How to Reach Barsana
Barsana in Uttar Pradesh is one of the most amazing places to visit if you are looking for a spiritual travel getaway. It is located at an approximate distance of 174, 1,346, 1,403, 2,026 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can travel to Barsana by the following means of public transportation.
The nearest airport is Agra Airport (AGR) located at a distance of about 100 km. It is basically a military airbase and a public airport that has been fairly connected with other Indian cities. Once you deboard, you can easily take a cab or some other local means of transportation.
Here is a list of Indian cities from where flights are available to Barsana
The nearest railhead is the Kosi Kalan Station. But as it is a small railway station, it offers limited rail connectivity. The other station you can consider deboarding at is the Mathura station. It is well-connected to other cities. After reaching the station, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some other means of public transportation.
Barsana is also very well-connected with other Indian cities via fairly well-maintained motorable roadways and national highways. There are regular interstate buses which travel here from the nearby cities. You can consider booking one of them or as per your convenience, you can also book a private bus if traveling in a group with your family and friends. You can also book a car or your own vehicle to drive it down.
From Jaipur - 236 km via NH21
From Noida - 130 km via Taj Express Highway or Yamuna Express Highway